Although Jet Li’s ex-wife Huang Qiuyan is rarely mentioned, a rare photograph of her current self surfaced online, showcasing her beauty even at 54-years old. Jet Li had married childhood Huang Qiuyanfriend Huang Qiuyan in 1987, but their marriage only lasted three years. Jet later stated that he did not know what true love was until meeting his second wife Nina Li.
Childhood Best Friends
Qiuyan met Jet in her martial arts class when she was only 11 years old. Despite being two years older than Jet at the time, the two quickly became good friends. Although slow at first, their romance developed over the span of 20 years, and they eventually tied the knot in 1987, two years after Jet suffered a severe injury that almost rendered him disabled from the waist down.
When Qiuyan and Jet Li were filming Martial Arts of Shaolin, Jet broke his leg on set and spent a long time in recovery before resuming filming. During this time, Qiuyan dropped everything and took care of Jet at the hospital, offering her support. Touched by her loyalty, Jet proposed to Qiuyan and the couple registered for marriage in 1987 without a fancy ceremony and the presence their parents.
Didn’t Know Meaning of Love Until Meeting Nina Li
Although Qiuyan and Jet Li grew up together and have two daughters, Jet was unhappy with their marriage. After meeting beauty queen Nina Li, Jet Li broke up with Qiuyan over the phone, telling her that their relationship was not true love.
Heartbroken, Qiuyan eventually agreed to the divorce. Jet decided to give the majority of his assets and savings to Qiuyan.
Not one to hide information, Jet Li admitted that his love for Qiuyan was only at 20 percent. Jet expressed, “After meeting Nina, the love I had for her can make me give up my fame, status, and life. I can give up everything. In my previous relationship, I didn’t have that feeling, and I didn’t understand the meaning of love.”
Friends, Not Foes
Even after their divorce, Jet and Qiuyan remained as friends. Qiuyan maintained an excellent relationship with Jet’s mother over the years as well. When Qiuyan remarried in 2005, Jet Li gifted her $50,000 USD as a wedding present.